Yasiel Puig may not play Tuesday night. He also might play, but that insight might require actually knowing how the outfielder felt after he appeared to limp some at the end of Monday’s 10-inning victory over the Mariners.
“He was hobbling quite a little bit,” Mattingly said.
Puig appeared to strain something -- calf? hamstring? foot? -- racing down a Kyle Seager line drive in the ninth inning and started to hobble a bit. He also came to a very sudden and hard stop after a single in the seventh, initially appearing set on going for a double until his hit was quickly returned to the infield by right-fielder Nelson Cruz.
Whatever happened remains unknown to most of the media after the 24-year-old refused to talk to the press after the game.
“Not talking about nothing,” Puig said.
He went on to have a fairly long conversation in Spanish with a Dodgers public relations member, dressed and headed out of the clubhouse, but not before grabbing an MLB.com reporter by the shoulders and pulling him down a private hallway for a one-on-one chat.
The Dodgers would not share why he would not talk to the press, though he had pulled a somewhat similar stunt in Phoenix on Sunday because he was apparently upset that the bulk of the media had not sought him out when he was in his two for 17 start. In Phoenix he only spoke to The Times’ Dylan Hernandez.
Monday night he hit his second home run in as many games since his one-day benching on Saturday. Puig went three for five Monday, raising his average to .222, which is still 100 points higher than it was Saturday.
He did not appear to be limping in the clubhouse after the game, and whatever the injury, it was not so serious he wasn’t able to chase Alex Guerrero down and douse him with an oversized bucket of sports drink.
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